Boards and Commissions

Boards and Commissions

Appearance Commission (AC)
The Appearance Commission consists of five citizen members. The Commission has jurisdiction over the exterior appearance of all new construction, additions to single-family homes and multi-family dwellings, commercial and institutional structures, to assure their appearance meets community standards referencing the Urban Design Guidelines. Decisions of the Appearance Commission are final and do not go to the City Council for review. The Commission meets the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Application, Submittal Matrix, and Guide

The Commission's page, which includes forms, is found here.

Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)
Consisting of nine citizen members with a range of expertise,  the Commission serves to preserve, enhance and restore properties and areas that have special historical, architectural, community or aesthetic significance in the community, in the interest of promoting the public health, safety and general welfare of Park Ridge. The Commission is primarily charged with making recommendations to the City Council for the designation of historic landmarks and historic districts within the City. 

The Commission's page, which includes forms, is found here.

Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z)
Composed of nine citizen members appointed to four-year terms, the Commission hears and reviews all applications for zoning amendments, planned developments, special uses, pre-annexation agreements, subdivisions, site plans and changes in B-4 Commercial Conservation Districts, and street alley vacations. It also makes recommendations on the adoption of or amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. The Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Applications
Map Amendment
Planned Development
Site Plan Review
Special Use
Temporary Use
Text Amendment

The Commission's page, which includes forms, is found here.

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)

Comprised of a seven-member board, whom are appointed for overlapping terms of five years, the responsibilities of the Board includes hearing requests for variations and interpretations to the Zoning Ordinance. The ZBA has authority to approve certain variances in cases of hardship (authorized variance), while others must be approved by the City Council, after the ZBA has made a recommendation (unauthorized variance). The Board meets on the fourth Thursday of the month except for March (where it is the third Thursday) and December (no meeting).

Variance Application, Disclosure Statement, and Guide

The Commission's page, which includes forms, is found here.